Our new year has just begun and we are greeted with some new faces! The children are still watching carefully and exploring the space to begin to understand what it's all about. Our old friends introduced the new ones to the guinea pigs and the garden, and how we celebrate birthdays! Our story this week is one that I find fitting for this summer season and new beginning; it's a story of a little fish who finds a nice big shell to live in and is joined in turn by unique and kind friends. They each make space for one another in their shell and live happily together in their underwater garden. During our inside playtime, the children like to use my story props to re-tell it to one another.
We've been practicing our summer circle time inside and it seems that the children's favorite verse is one where they get to log roll across the floor as we say, "Daisies so bright, grasses so green, tell me I pray, how do you keep clean? Summertime showers, summertime rain, wash dusty flowers all clean again".
We made our bread together this week, as we will every week this year. It's a wonderful sensorial experience to make bread together. While we knead it, we sing a song about kneading our dough for our snack time. Once it is kneaded, the children make it into a shape and we bake it. So the children are experiencing the feel of flour being sprinkled onto their hands and the table, the squish of the dough, they're hearing a rhyming song, and later smelling the fragrance of the bread filling our play space. It's one of the richest sensory experiences of our week and the children love it.